DULUTH -- Minnesota and Minnesota-Duluth renewed their hockey rivalry Friday, and they played like ornery neighbors all night.
When the dust settled, Minnesota walked away with a dramatic, 5-4 overtime triumph.
Minnesota, ranked No. 14 this week, seized early momentum, taking a 2-0 advantage into the night's first intermission. At 4:55 of the first period, Minnesota dented the scoreboard first, off a power-play goal by Eric Haula.
But the Bulldogs weren't about to bow out easily. Minnesota-Duluth tallied three of the game's next four goals, knotting the contest at 3-all heading down the stretch. Caleb Herbert, Drew Olson and Travis Oleksuk scored UMD's three goals during that stretch.
UMD appeared to have a victory sewn up with 2 minutes remaining in regulation, asJustin Crandallhammered home a goal to take a 4-3 lead. However, Minnesota (3-0-0) promptly pulled its goalie and saw the game get tied with barely 44 seconds left, after a shot deflected into the net off a Bulldog defenseman's skate.
The teams combined for 86 shots on goal in regulation.
Finally, the visiting Gophers wrestled away the win, when Nate Condon lit the lamp with 56.7 seconds left in overtime.
The Gophers and Bulldogs duel once more Saturday in Duluth, at 7 p.m.